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October 23, 2016

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Tim Newman

Beverly Kopper blamed the students for “failing to think about the implications” – of having a facial.

I just Googled "student getting a facial". Oh boy. University has changed since my day.

fnord

Defining 'corrupt' as betraying the primary function of a profession, which is the most corrupt institution in contemporary society: education or journalism?

David

Defining ‘corrupt’ as betraying the primary function of a profession, which is the most corrupt institution in contemporary society: education or journalism?

Close call.

Burnsie

Close call.

Embrace the power of "and."

David

Somewhat related, Janice Fiamengo on academics and the mob.

Steve 2 - A Touch of Stevil

Hullo David.

Ed West says:

What so many comedians and other artists find so unsettling about the New Wave of Social Justice Warriors is that their condemnations and anathemas are so arbitrary; no one knows whether a routine or joke will pass without comment or bring upon them thousands of hateful tweets, comment piece-attacks and demands for their resignation. This is the very epitome of tyranny.

Which is true, intit? Even 20 years ago, Till Death Do Us Part (and to a lesser extent Rising Damp) had become politically incorrect - amusingly, since the jokes were always on Alf Garnett and Rupert Rigsby as unfashionable white males.

And nowadays the Loretta jokes in Life of Brian are upsetting to transformers, and Midsomer Murders is offensive because if its lack of black lesbian pingusexuals*, and even Peter Pan is un-PC because it depicts a gang of at-risk youth taunting a disabled entrepreneur.

I dunno what'll be verboten next, but my money's on Pat Sharp's Fun House being retrospectively condemned as a Running Man style gauntlet of hate where helpless children were forced to slide down slippery slides and drop into gunge tanks for the amusement of the mulletted fuhrer and his Aryan sex twins.

However, there's two things I fear Ed (his friends call him "Rosemary") West misses:

1) Professional satirists don't want to mock the Left, because you don't get to become a professional satirist without being a lefty. Godfrey Elfwick is funnier than ninety-nine-point-jimmy-saville percent of BBC radio and TV comedians.

But the Beeb aren't going to hire Godders in this life or the next. They'd rather pay good money for yet another neotenous, sneering, flarey-nostrilled ex-public-schoolboy to bray "DAILY MAIL!" at us as a punchline.

2) I like a joke myself, but it's increasingly difficult to poke fun at lefty identity politics, because they're already more ridiculous than anything I can dream up.

Astrologists say the universe is expanding faster than the speed of sound. But if that's true, the parody horizon of leftwingery is moving faster than Diane Abbott at a free buffet.

Take that rich seam of mental hilariousness you've been mining at EVERYDAY FEMINISM.

It's funny, yes. But funny in the way of a clown car careening over a cliffside. Satire is redundant when the would-be objects of one's mirth are already more absurd than any fine mess Laurel and/or Hardy got into.

*people who are sexually attracted to penguins. Because it's 2016, bigot!

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

I've pointed out before how artists claim art is supposed to be "transgressive" and "challenging". But it's only supposed to be those things towards certain people. Try challenging the artists themselves, or transgressing against one of their shibboleths, and watch what happens.

jkrank

"...ideas, social customs and cultural artefacts should be understood primarily in terms of the power relations supposedly embedded in them, rather than as claims to reflect objective truth or reality." - Goosh

A friend of mine recently stated that voting Hillary was the only acceptable vote, because he, as a white male, loses no power by voting one way or the other. But women (read: 'his wife') would be Harmed if he voted third-party, which he wanted to do based on the set of principles he held.

Goosh's insight here describes an eventual outcome: accepting no objective truth or reality, terms become exclusively about power relations. Taken to its endpoint, my friend shouldn't vote except by how his wife, or "Women," tell him to. Otherwise, he is perpetuating a moral wrong, essentially being "anti-woman."

I marvel at how diabolical the Left's assertions have become: rights become Privilege and privilege become Rights.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...no one knows whether a routine or joke will pass without comment or bring upon them thousands of hateful tweets, comment piece-attacks and demands for their resignation...

Very NSFW compilation of comedians addressing the issue.

Kevin B

So I'm at my local Vue last night watching a live in HD transmission from the NY Met of Simon Keenlyside giving his usual extremely competent performance as Don Giovanni and when the Act 1 finale is over we cut to backstage where Joyce DiDonato is waiting to grab the performers and interview them,

First up is our Simon and I should point out that the Act 1 finale of this opera is pretty lively so Simon is obviously very pumped up and it is also true that part of the ensemble consists of Don Giovanni leading the players in singing 'Viva la liberta!'

Before Joyce can get a question in, Simon goes off on a long peroration on the subject of liberty which includes mention of the Bill of Rights, the French revolution and the whole enlightenment thing, by way of sexual liberty, (Cosi fan tutte), class, (Le Nozze di Figaro) and religion, (Don Giovanni).

Then he mentions multiculturalism which he avows is a wonderful thing, but...

Yes, he said 'but...' In fact he said, paraphrasing, 'but Western Civilisation needs to be careful about bringing in a different culture with ways that may be anathema to the ways of Western Civilisation'. Yes folks, a luvvie defending Western Civilisation.

He didn't say 'build the damn wall!' nor did he mention 'extreme vetting', and he certainly didn't shout 'Vote Trump!' but he did say we - Western Civ representing Enlightenment values - need to think carefully about things.

I wonder what the reaction might be.

David

What so many… find so unsettling about the New Wave of Social Justice Warriors is that their condemnations and anathemas are so arbitrary… This is the very epitome of tyranny.

Quite. They’ve long since wandered off the map of remotely credible grievance. We’re now in the realm of psychodrama and dominance games. And so we have opportunist browbeaters and outright thugs who simply don’t care that their own behaviour – and subsequent impunity – refutes their protestations of being oppressed. They’re rightly confident that, however badly they behave and however blatant the inversion of reality, they won’t face any of the normal consequences. At least not within the borders of the Clown Quarter.

rabbit

Young people often feel a need to be activists, to make a difference, to tackle injustice. It gives meaning and importance to their lives.

Today, however, many of the great causes have diminished. For the most part we live in an affluent, just society that recognizes the need for opportunities for all regardless of race and gender. We often fall short, but the intentions and effort are there.

With few great causes, this restless energy has been funneled into outrage over trivial or misguided causes, often lacking factual foundations. And shepherding all of this are professors whose careers depend on the continuation of activism.

Lionel Ebb

'Things we mustn't laugh about'. We got a bit of grief for this little romp around the wilder extremities of the transgender community (ahem), but oddly non of it came from gay sources who, by-and-large, get the joke: http://bit.ly/28JffHd

On the other hand, this piece on free speech was dumped upon by exactly the kind of people who simply cannot countenance 'civilised co-existence with people who see the world very differently from us': http://bit.ly/2cvLtsR (I'll leave it to you to guess who they are...)

Jonathan

A tiny glimmer of common sense?

Via Breitbart

Sam Duncan

“Does anyone think the media have become less liberal since then?”

Actually, I suspect that a lot of people on the left do. They'll point at Fox News with a withering look. But that doesn't really alter the approximate 1-in-5/1-in-10 ratio of the Lichter & Rothman report; it just consolidates the non-Left-leaning element into one channel.

“I marvel at how diabolical the Left's assertions have become: rights become Privilege and privilege become Rights.”

See also, “{Insert demand for economic good here} is a right, not a privilege!”. I long ago came to the conclusion that Leftists don't know what the words mean.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

“Does anyone think the media have become less liberal since then?”

The problem, of course, being that as they live in their self referential cliques, they think they actually are the center.

Meanwhile, nothing is to trivial to stage a protest about.

Sam Duncan

“There, the character’s ’70s TV embodiment, Lynda Carter, pleaded with protesters, 'Please, embrace her.'

Oh, Lynda... I've been dreaming about that since 1981.

Darleen

Jonathan --

The judge said social services staff had “moved into wholesale acceptance that [the boy] should be regarded as a girl”. He said he wanted the council to undertake a review of the “social work response” to the case. A council spokesperson said bosses had already begun a review.
Social fads have consequences ... I only hope the boy is not permanently damaged.

Darleen

From someone who grew up under the mullahs in Iran

There was some connection between beauty and freedom—a link I only made years later after immigrating to the U.S. as a teenager. The mullahs resorted to censorship and violence to sever that connection. But in the Free World today it has been severed, not by any repressive regime, but by the art world itself.

In today’s art scene, the word “beauty” isn’t even part of the lexicon. Sincerity, formal rigor and cohesion, the quest for truth, the sacred and the transcendent—all of these ideals, once thought timeless, have been thrust aside to make room for the art world’s one totem, its alpha and omega: identity politics.

Now, identity has always been at the heart of culture. Who are we? What is our nature? How are we—as individuals and as groups—distinct from each other, from the animals, from the gods or God? But identity politics cares little for such open-ended questions. Its adherents think they already have all the answers, a set of all-purpose formulas that tell you who’s right and who’s wrong at a particular intersection of identity, power and privilege.

Contemporary art is obsessed with articulating those formulas in novel ways. If you ever find yourself wondering why nothing stirs inside you when you encounter contemporary art, chances are you’re suffering the effects of the relentless politicization of the arts. Every form and genre—whether high or low, or whether in the visual, literary or performing arts—is now obsessed with the politics of race, gender and sexuality.

David

If you ever find yourself wondering why nothing stirs inside you when you encounter contemporary art,

Being acclaimed and rewarded for thwarting the preferences of the people who are forced to bankroll such posturing, openly disdaining them, at their expense, year after year, sounds like a pretty good definition of “privilege” - no?

Captain Nemo

I dunno what'll be verboten next, but my money's on Pat Sharp's Fun House being retrospectively condemned as a Running Man style gauntlet of hate where helpless children were forced to slide down slippery slides and drop into gunge tanks for the amusement of the mulletted fuhrer and his Aryan sex twins.

I was eight when Fun House ended in 1999, and at the time I thought it was brilliant. It's one of the few TV shows I watched as a child I wanted to appear on. Climbing ladders, sliding down poles, getting completely covered from head-to-toe in thick gloopy gunge for a prize of a holiday AND whatever else it was if you won, looked (as per the title) damned good fun. Plus you got to appear on television, so even if you lost you'd have had a badge of status among your friends. Little did I realise this meant I was actually a potential patriarchal shitlord in training.

David

“It is a strangely embarrassing time to be a man,” says novelist Matt Haig, writing in the Guardian. “You only have to watch the news, or log on to Twitter, or just open your eyes,” he writes, “and you will see a man doing something atrocious.” Donald Trump, he informs us, “is just the most visible example of the toxic masculinity on offer.”

Mr Haig is reviewing a book by the tragically untalented artist Grayson Perry, whose own disdain for masculinity has been mentioned here before, and who tells us, with equal confidence, that being “a white man [is] a rather tarnished badge to wear these days, weighted with guilt and shame at the behaviour of one’s fellows.” Happily, Mr Haig assures us that Mr Perry, a man famed chiefly for his transvestism, has a solution and “points to a new model of manhood, a more tender model,” one that’s “embodied by Barack Obama.”

Chester Draws

How many SJWs does it take to change a lightbulb?

One.

But only after a public apology from the lightbulb.

Trevor

Little did I realise this meant I was actually a potential patriarchal shitlord in training.

Or in other words, what used to be known as a normal well-adjusted little boy.

Fred the Fourth

“It is a strangely embarrassing time to be a man,” says novelist Matt Haig, writing in the Guardian. “You only have to watch the news, or log on to Twitter, or just open your eyes,” he writes, “and you will see a man doing something atrocious.”
Haig's suggestions for how to know about contemporary male behavior are stupid.
"watch the news": Sure, CBS, NBC, WaPo, NYT, MSNBC, ESPN et alia definitely show an accurate picture of life today. Uh huh.
"Twitter": FFS, do I really have to comment on this one?
"open your eyes": and he sees the behavior of those around him. If he wants to condemn that, fine, but I don't see what that has to do with me and mine.

Dr. Pudding

Niall Gooch? Lolololol

No fucking way

Flubber

They're so focused on marginalising white men in the West, just so we don't object to the ongoing race replacement program being implemented.

PiperPaul


What?

Hal

Interesting . . . .

Meet the migrants who are helping Italians take on the Sicilian mob

Sicilians, according to anti-mafia activists, don't typically come together to take cases against the mafia as they fear retribution, but migrants are unhindered by longstanding fears or local cultural awareness about the mafia. So they are coming together to take on the mafia bosses.

Another look; The center of Sicily’s biggest city was emptied by the mafia. Now it’s being reclaimed by migrants

“[The mafia] is fundamentalist,” explains Leoluca Orlando, the city’s mayor. “It wouldn’t use a non-Sicilian even as a killer.” Because of this, he says, Cosa Nostra struggles in a context where identity is not homogeneous. He hopes that the mixing of cultures will continue freeing the city from the bigotry that its organized crime is rooted in. “Palermo,” he says, “is a Middle-Eastern city in Europe, and a Norman city in the Mediterranean.” Multiculturalism is at the core of its identity, and after decades where there were no migrants, he says, “we have to thank migrants for bringing harmony back to our city […] for showing us the human side of globalization.”

When criminals turn out to be . . . well, criminals . . . .

Pete

Grayson Perry, whose own disdain for masculinity has been mentioned here before... tells us, with equal confidence, that being “a white man [is] a rather tarnished badge to wear these days, weighted with guilt and shame at the behaviour of one’s fellows.”

What the hell is *wrong* with these people?

David

What the hell is *wrong* with these people?

It is an odd thing to proclaim - and despite the self-satisfied tone, not very convincing. I mean, are we to believe that “white men” are uniquely embarrassing and dysfunctional – say, compared with the menfolk of Eritrea or Liberia, or China, or Australian aboriginals? And why would the mere existence of a boorish stranger, someone I don’t know, and who isn’t me, in and of itself make me feel “guilt”? How on Earth does that work?

Mr Haig doesn’t elaborate, or quote Mr Perry doing so. But then, I don’t think it’s intended to convince anyone who isn’t already onside, already sympathetic to the pose. Disdaining “white men” (and “cis white men” and “straight cis white men”) is the new social marker, the fashionable way for a certain type of person to signal their imagined elevation above the masses. Ditto “toxic masculinity.” These aren’t usually good faith arguments, or sound arguments, so much as preening and social positioning.

On the upside, disdainful references to “white men” do alert the rest of us to the proximity of a tosser.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

So they are coming together to take on the mafia bosses.

I imagine, given the history in other European cities, in a few years they will find that the mafia were easier to deal with than the mullahs.

Mags

"Diversity is our strength"

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/247165/

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Feminist nursery rhyme gets predictable reaction.

Meanwhile, in the world of nothing too small not to take the vapors over, Bike-share programs haven’t closed up the gender gap.

We know from a 2009 survey from the Federal Highway Administration that women took only 24 percent of bicycle trips in the U.S. that year. Even bike-share programs, which are meant to draw people who wouldn’t normally ride, have failed to close the gender gap...

Why could this be ?

And then there’s practical stuff: figuring out how to haul groceries and children on bikes...

OK, right, yeah, that is a real issue why women don't ride bikes for fun.

Another major issue: male-dominated bike groups and shops might not be welcoming spaces for women.

Of course, but wait that's not all !

Monica Garrison has connected with a more hidden community of riders: women of color. “There weren’t too many women that looked like me on bikes,” says Garrison, who started riding regularly in 2013. Her cycling group Black Girls Do Bike...

So we have have patriarchy and raycissism, all we need is some special LBGTBBQLSMFT bike group to complete the grievance trifecta.

David

Feminist nursery rhyme gets predictable reaction.

Wow. I fear comment would be superfluous.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Wow. I fear comment would be superfluous.

Hopp Singg

"Diversity is our strength"

"Vas ist!" said the Austrian judge. I thought it said "die servitude"!

["It did," said the mullah.]

False Profiteer

Speaking of nothing being too trivial to protest...

If one were inclined to think of women as predisposed to fatuousness, these protesters aren't helping. It does makes me wonder if the Wonder Woman protesters would be less miffed if she sported yoga pants.

p.s. This is my first attempt at embedding a hyperlink using HTML. I see the beauty of the preview button now.

David

I see the beauty of the preview button now.

It’s a glorious thing.

Hopp Singg

So her goal is to have more feminists ensconced over bike seats.

Must be cold in here. I just shuddered.

champ

"one that’s “embodied by Barack Obama.”

Don't know if you Brits will understand this, but here in the USA we call this "throwing like a girl." (Oh, I must denounce myself)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri8BOynRGnc

Trevor

... "throwing like a girl."

That was much butcher than you encouraged me to expect. I had envisaged a pathetically inept underarm effort.

Chester Draws

Occasionally they have first pitches thrown by actual girls. They are generally much worse.

As a man of approximately Barrack Obama's age, that's how we throw. Do you expect a 55 year old who never played baseball to deliver a rocket down the middle? His basketball is much better, unsurprisingly.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

That was much butcher than you encouraged me to expect.

Obama

Girl

Man

wtp

A normal man would be embarrassed for being that far off target. HE thought he did a good job and that's all that matters.

PiperPaul

Notice how far to the left he went? With the ball, I mean.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

A normal man would be embarrassed for being that far off target.

Particularly when a girl can throw from the rubber, and put it over the plate.

Lorna

On the upside, disdainful references to “white men” do alert the rest of us to the proximity of a tosser.

That. :-)

champ

"His basketball is much better, unsurprisingly"

You must have missed the video from a few years back of Barky throwing up ten or eleven bricks/air balls...

champ

Evidence here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IjDqm-JHr

Ten

Jonah Goldberg on the leftist leanings of the establishment media:

As an aside, I'd go for Jonah Goldberg on the incoherent partisan leanings of the establishment NRO, certainly including Jonah Goldberg. The guy is proof that being born into something isn't the same as being good at it.

Ten

To further confirm Goldberg's limitations we have Goldberg:

None of this means liberals — or conservatives — can’t be good reporters...

The hell. Apparently what it means is that Goldberg is a crappy reporter because this cycle has revealed an order of magnitude more media bias and corruption than any other.

You'd think he'd know that and prefer saying so to cozying up to a non-statement like that.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Evidence here:

Slight typo in Champ's link - Brick house.

However, lest we be accused of being rayciss even while we are denouncing ourselves, let it be noted that Jean Francois Kerry plays football similarly.

In US football, in case anyone is wondering, where the ball actually is is not supposed to be a guessing game.

Sporkatus

I must remark that JFK-not-that-JFK looks like the Farscape villain T'raltixx (from Crackers Don't Matter) with his eyes closed. Something about the pointy chin and odd cast of the teeth.
http://www.nexusroute.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/farscapecrackers1.jpg
I will now go do penance in the Nerd Box.

Lucas Temple

It's amazing how the reddit "terrible offensive jokes" thread is destined for eternal and endless expansion because so many areas of life and culture are now off limits to comedians.

Ever notice how people at a party will laugh very hard and then quickly exclaim - to cover their asses just in case - that's soooooo bad.

If so many things weren't just off limits, but a possible facebook video of you laughing at the joke was career threatening, comedy would be even less stale - if you know what I mean.

For those willing to take some risks, there could be some very new popular comedians on the rise. We need another Bill Burr.

PiperPaul

"Crackers Don't Matter"

Racist!

Spiny Norman

On the upside, disdainful references to “white men” do alert the rest of us to the proximity of a tosser.

On the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, the term "cuckservative" performs the same function.

Most of those using it are well aware that it originated at the unabashed neo-nazi forum "Storm front" and don't care.

(Note: I added the space so, hopefully, search engines won't bring them here.)

dicentra

We just lost den Beste.

Pack it up, folks, it's over…

dicentra

Crackers Don't Matter

We prefer the term "Saltine-Americans".

Spiny Norman

Chester,

As a man of approximately Barrack Obama's age, that's how we throw.

I'm about 4 months younger than he is, and also throw like that - but I have a legitimate excuse: I tore cartilage in my shoulder (the "rotator cuff") while actually playing baseball.

dicentra

Kick the spam queue for me, David, would you? An important link got swallowed twice.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

As a man of approximately Barrack Obama's age, that's how we throw.

92 year old begs to differ...

Ten

On the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, the term "cuckservative" performs the same function.

Most of those using it are well aware that it originated at the unabashed neo-nazi forum "Storm front" and don't care.

As with most things related to being completely and justly fed up with the usual, codependent right, "cuckservative" is at least as much trolling as it is literal derision. Remember that these are the folks that got the left to jump over a cliff chasing a cartoon frog.

Given how spectacularly wrong that overly-sensitive ostensible right has been and is, and on so many levels, it's the least they can do. Both uses work.

Darleen

Meanwhile

The Vagina Monologues is “antiquated” because it suggests “that in order to be a woman, you must have a vagina,” an American University student has claimed.

David

Kick the spam queue for me, David, would you?

Done. The spam filter is capricious. It follows no rules that I can fathom.

Hopp Singg

Does it have to be atached?

Tim Newman

Feminist nursery rhyme gets predictable reaction.

Oh gawd, she was the fishwife that was on the BBC with Milo and - just like in this video - her refrain was "Why is he allowed to say these awful things? Why can we silence him?" She calls herself a comedian. Watch the video again: imagine being married to that?

Dr. Pudding

Re: Ed West's article - or rather the Guardian article linked therein - all the comedians quoted are still more worried about the Daily Mail busting their balls than anything else.

(Good to see, in a way, that the BBC suits are such cowards that they can at least be responsive to some normal-person pushback, even if it is scattershot bullshit from the papers.)

Now I agree that it's just as lame for the Daily Mail to shout down comedians as any pro-PC mob, but it's not the mobs that are the problem here: it's the incestuous, insidious normalising, among comedians and BBC commissioning editors and the like, of PC nonsense. That's the real censorship, the real death of satire. And they can't even see it - or at least if they can, the Guardian doesn't print it.

Henry

Oh gawd, she was the fishwife that was on the BBC with Milo and - just like in this video - her refrain was "Why is he allowed to say these awful things? Why can we silence him?

Yes indeed - Ms Smurthwaite started that show by expostulating at great length (making countless dubious statements and assumptions) while everyone politely listened. When Milo got his turn to speak, she interrupted - on average - every 10 seconds.

For some reason this particularly annoyed me. There was the same catty sniping and self-righteous insistence that she had a right to speak, and a mere man had none.

So it pleases me somewhat when this chap gets the better of her. You can see the wicked smile on his face when she kicks off, thinking "that was so easy"

David

Oh gawd, she was the fishwife that was on the BBC with Milo and - just like in this video - her refrain was “Why is he allowed to say these awful things? Why can’t we silence him?”

The lady in question, Ms Kate Smurthwaite, a “comedian and activist,” does seem humourless and easily baited, even by the standards of her feminist peers. I also loved her threat to never again accept an invitation to appear on Sky News, thereby depriving us of her wit and insight, unless she was given the last word.

And I can’t help feeling she might benefit from an acquaintance with conditioner.

Tim Newman

And I can’t help feeling she might benefit from an acquaintance with conditioner.

And a Bic razor judging by a photo I once saw of her in a singlet which still has me dry heaving when I think of it.

David

It seems to me Ms Smurthwaite can be added to the list of ladies whose behaviour supports the speculation that feminism, at least as she conceives it, has little to do with injustice and quite a lot to do with a convergence of obnoxious personality traits.

Dr. Pudding

...imagine being married to that?

Actually, she is married. Poor fella. But that gets me thinking: for someone who's always billed as a comedian, I've never heard her say anything funny, nor have I ever seen her outside her capacity as Angry Feminist on various TV panel shows. I've never even heard of her in connection to comedy, except for her billing on those shows, i.e. nobody's gone "check out Smurthwaite's new hour - 5 stars at the Fringe!", or linked me a video of her stand-up. (And with good reason!)

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that she is not managing to pay the bills through comedy, which leads me to speculate that this modern independent woman is actually totally dependent on her husband, who is presumably out there 9-5 winning the bread. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but in this case it might go some way towards explaining why she's so vehemently feminist.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

(Note: I added the space so, hopefully, search engines won't bring them here.)

Nah, you'll just attract a bunch of Billy Joel fans.

Trevor

And I can’t help feeling she might benefit from an acquaintance with conditioner.

I feel compelled to mitigate your uncharacteristic lack of gallantry by sending her a nice present. I've something in my cupboard that would be ideal. I can't quite recall what it's called, but it brought my chip pan up lovely.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...judging by a photo I once saw of her in a singlet...

Damn my curiosity.

Patrick Brown

If you'd like to get a more rounded picture of Kate Smurthwaite's character, she picketed the funeral of the artist Sebastian Horsley because he had written about having sex with prostitutes. She's a Westboro Feminist.

PiperPaul

"Does it have to be atached?"

Well, yes. You can't just carry around a dildo in your pocket and call yourself a "new man" (or post-op trans - sorry, I'm not up on my terminology).

I'll trundle off for re-grooving now...

Tim Newman

I've never even heard of her in connection to comedy

Feminist comedy is like granny-porn: a very unlikely combination filling a very particular niche.

I'm left wondering which I'd rather sit through an hour of. :-/

Captain Nemo

"Or in other words, what used to be known as a normal well-adjusted little boy".

Indeed. Although I do like the phrase patriarchal shitlord. It has a nice ring to it.

Chester Draws

Evey Friday I play football with a group of friends. We think we play like Messi.

Everyone else thinks we look like old men running around slowly after a ball.

Hal

The Vagina Monologues is “antiquated” . . .

'k, so do an update . . .

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